Epistemic Insight means ‘knowledge about knowledge’ and particularly – knowledge about disciplines and how they interact.
The ‘Teaching and Learning about Epistemic insight’ strategy is designed to promote epistemic insight in schools and teacher education.
Knowledge About Knowledge
The need for more teacihng in schools to develop students’ epistemic insight in schools was a conclusion proposed by the LASAR (Learning about Science and Religion) centre at Canterbury Christ Church. LASAR conducted research to discover how students reason about big questions and how big questions are managed in schools.
The findings included that secondary schools typically provide few opportunities for asking Big Questions and for exploring the distinctive approaches that diciplines take.
Further, there is a basis to say that the impacts of entrenched compartmentalisation on students’ reasoning are largely hidden – because assessment also tends to focus only on students’ progress within-subject.
For more about LASAR, see www.LASARcentre.com
Meanwhile in primary schools although cross-curricular work is more common, the focus for students is often about learning content knowledge rather than about the structure of the disciplines themselves.
A Programme of Epistemic Insight
A programme of Epistemic Insight introduces students to scholarly ways of working such as learning about different tools for inquiry.
Developing Epistemic Insight is centralised in the Teacher Education that takes place in institutions that share strategies, resources and pedagogies.
Epistemic Insight is progressive
Epistemic insight is progressive – it builds up as students move up through school, through college, through university and beyond.
The Teaching and Learning about Epistemic Insight Project
The project is a ‘work in progress’ and an active research area that is underway at major academic institutions – in England and internationally.